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Electric Rates Could Increase by $129/Year by August

NYS Public Service Commission hosts hearing Tuesday on village's proposed 11 percent electric rate increase.

Rockville Centre has filed a joint application with the New York State Public Service Commission to increase its electric rates by 11 percent, which officials said would mean residents would pay $129 more a year for RVC Electric. The increase could be implemented as soon as Aug. 1.

The last time the village filed for an increase was in 2004.

The village initially filed for a 16.8 percent increase "designed to recover $3.5 million in additional annual revenues," according to a release from the PSC. Negotiations with the PSC took place in March and April, and the two entities reached an agreement on April 18. The 11 percent increase proposal is for a 12-month term and aims to raise village revenue by $2.3 million.

According to the PCS, "it proposes changes to rate components within each service class, the most significant of which is the elimination of existing declining block energy rates for residential customers during winter months and for large commercial customers in all months."

Comptroller Mike Schussheim said the proposed increase is due to a significant uptick in operating costs, as well as higher costs for retirement and medical contributions by the village.

When asked why the village is seeking a double-digit increase now instead of annually raising rates by a smaller margin, Schussheim said it's expensive to implement a rate case because the village has to incur lawyer and consultant fees when preparing an application.

"It's better to implement a rate increase when it's absolutely necessary," he said. "And we feel the rate payers agree with that philosophy."

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The PSC held a meeting at Village Hall Tuesday night for residents to voice their opinions on the proposed increase, but few attended.

Former Trustee John Matthews supported the increase, explaining that when a thunderstorm knocked out his power last year, it was repaired within 40 minutes. "I like that it's local," he said. "When you call, they respond."

Resident Anthony Fornabio said he didn't mind paying the increase, but said the service is the biggest problem. He explained that during the same storm that Matthews referenced, his block was powerless for days. "We are among the last in the village to get our power turned back on," he said. "Step up to the plate and do the right thing for the residents."

The board does not vote on the increase. The PSC will make the final determination, and officials believe it could be implemented as soon as Aug. 1

If you'd like to comment on the case, you can:

  • Send them electronically to Hon. Jaclyn A. Brilling, Secretary, at secretary@dps.ny.gov, or mailed or delivered to Secretary Brilling at the Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350. Your comments should refer to "Case 11-E-0590 – Rockville Centre electric rates.”
  • Commission's Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This number is designed to take comments about pending cases from in-state callers, 24 hours a day. Callers should press "1" to leave comments.
Mickey June 02, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Oh please Joe....er...Frank....you didn't move...:)
Mickey June 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
@Frank....I continue to call BS. There is no way Mayor Murray would ignore three letters from a resident. Me and a few neighbors had a concern a few months ago and all I had to do was call Village Hall and Mayor Murray agreed to meet with myself and a few of my neighbors the next day. Try a new lie....this dog won't hunt pal.
Frank June 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
@ Mickey. you claim BS. But let me ask you: Do you now how much more power can be delivered to our local grid (considering T&D carry charges), via the NYPA underwater cable between New Rochelle and Hempstead, NY, that may offset the proposed infrastructure costs? Do you know why this is not being explored as an alternative? If not then ask yourself why this is such a "hush hush" matter that two administrations don't want to answer? As joe mentioned above, the increases are to cover SALARIES, PENSIONS and MEDICAL BENEFITS. the very same issues we rally over on School taxes. I want an answer to the NYPA tie in and how much power we can bring to this village to offset the need for the increases in SALARIES, PENSIONS and MEDICAL BENEFITS. if a 10% increase in hydropower means 3 less public employees followied by reductions in generating equipment, fuel, and labor, then so be it. Call BS on that.
ShepherdSt June 05, 2012 at 11:53 AM
@Mickey- You must be in the inner circle to be granted a viewing. The people against the lights up at the high school called Murray and emailed him numerous of times. NO response, nothing. They even met with the former Village Administrator, next day he was gone. How's that for being the man for the people.
Frank June 05, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Thank you ShepherdSt!
Frank June 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
@ Patch. Does anyone have a clue how we get NYPA Power? Honestly, this is a perfect forum to get answers to the public as no one in village hall wants to talk about it. Do we know how much more power can be delivered to our local grid (considering T&D carry charges), via the NYPA underwater cable between New Rochelle and Hempstead, NY, that may offset the proposed infrastructure costs? Do we know why this is not being explored as an alternative?
joe thrapp June 05, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Mickey, It is always the pattern of people without the facts to immediately call people liars and say they are full of BS. This is your style. You always attack with no knowledge and no information, It's always, I talked to a couple of people, other people who just complain and never participate. People who never write letters, so I just believe everything you say is: "I talked to a couple of people", who never wrote letters. Like you, they never bother to look up the facts before they just spew their no knowledge statements. I believe Frank and I believe Franny never bothered to answer his questions.
Frank June 05, 2012 at 07:36 PM
@ Patch. Is it safe to assume that NO ONE in town, besides Village Hall, has a clue about the NYPA Power service? Maybe PATCH reporters can ask Village Hall and write about it?
John June 05, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Anthony in response to youe statement on the tax situation in RVC. Let me say the reason the taxes are so high is due to our schools. The school tax continues to rise year after year because the residents do not vote. We had approx 2000 residents voting in the election again this year and that number has remained constant for the last few years. Dr Johnson and the ultra liberal board puppets get the PTA moms out to get the vote out with the same old scare tactic CUT PROGRAMS. In all my 45 years in RVC I have yet to hear of administrative give backs or cuts at the top. The greatest slap in the face this year was Johnson took a 16,000 raise and the unions did not take an increase. I do not hear anyone complaining. As far as I am concerned my home has been paid in full I could care less about an electric increase. The bottomline is all the northies and yuppies that voted for the school budget can choke on there tax bill and ask Bill Johnson for a loan when they are in forclosure. LOL
John June 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
In reference to the lights by the school. How could someone have the gall to complain after buying a home by a school? Lets face facts by a home by an airport you get noise! Buy a house by a school you have litter from kids, noise, parking issues, and now lights. Times have changed, families have a car for there children,and sports programs that have PM games need lights. STOP the crying or move!
Frank June 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
no one has an idea how the NYPA power purchase agreement works do they? Shame on all of us. We're going to allow a rate increase without knowing all the facts!
Mickey June 08, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Try and stick to what I actually said Frank. I called BS on your claim that you wrote 3 formal letter to Mayor Murray and got no response. The one thing that everyone I talk to agrees on is that Mayor Murray goes out of his way to be accessible to RVC residents.
Mickey June 08, 2012 at 01:29 AM
@Shepherdst. Nope,I am not in any inner circles. Do you really think the former village administrator was fired because he met with people who didn't want lights at SSHS? Seriously? I don't know why he was let go but what you seem to be suggesting seems a bit far fetched to me.
Frank June 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@ Mickey. instead of calling BS, why don't you answer the question about the NYPA tie in?
Mickey June 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Why don't you stop trying to distract from what I was actually addressing. I never commented on the NYPA tie in. I merely said that I believe you are lying about writing letters to Mayor Murray. I continue to think so. I have seen you caught in lies in other threads so I have reason to distrust you.
Mickey June 08, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Really Joe? Your post looks like the pot calling the kettle black brother. I read the patch on a regular basis and I have seen Frank (Joe) caught in lies before so I don't trust the guy. His claim that he wrote three letters to Mayor Murray strikes me as yet another one of his lies. I don't care if you believe the guy....that is your call. I don't care if you attack me by claiming that all I do is attack people without any info (which isnt true but whatever). Enjoy yourself pal.
Mickey June 08, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Oh and btw joebush,Frank (Joe) is the only person I attack as a liar so it looks like you are the one spewing without having any facts or knowing what the heck you are talking about. It's cool if you are friends with Frank (real name Joe) but dont let him drag you into his sink hole.
Mickey June 09, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Hey Frank (real name Joe) whats all this "we" stuff when you talk about allowing a rate increase. You are no longer a resident. Right?.....hahaha.
Frank June 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
@ Mickey. Sorry, you're trying to detract the conversation. My point is why no one is exploring the NYPA tie-in option. From your comments, you don't have a clue how we get power in this town do you? But you'd rather question my actions when all I'm doing is trying to find a tax saving benefit for everyone in town? Are you a village hall employee? Instead of attacking, why don't you find the answers about the NYPA tie that has eluded many in town.
joe thrapp June 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Mickey, I follow your comments., there you go again attack, attack and attack again. Educated people don't call other people liars. It is my experience that only people like you, with no information don't want to join the debate. They chose to participate through the politics of personal character assassination and name calling. I am proud that you associate my comments with Franks. Enjoy your empty rhetoric.
Mickey June 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
@Frank. I never commented on the NYPA tie in. I don't have the answers you are looking for but I am just as interested as you are in learning more about the NYPA tie in. My original comment was in reference to your claim that you wrote 3 letters to Mayor Murray which I still think is a lie. @joebush. Clearly you have a reading comprehension problem. It is just not the case that I always "attack" people. I have my opinion and I disagree with people sometimes but your assertion that all I do is "attack" people is just wrong.
Mickey June 14, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Oh and by the way genius,educated people call people liars all the time. Turn on CNN,FOX News,MSNBC,etc....it happens every night....lol
Frank June 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
@ Mickey. Really, you don't have the answers but you know enough to call me a liar? Whatever... that's the problem with so many RVCites... they tend to poke eachother instead of village hall.
joe thrapp June 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Mickey, there you go again... attack,attack " @joebush. Clearly you have a reading comprehension problem", with more empty insults.
Mickey June 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM
@broken record....er joebush. You have called me uneducated and yet you have the nerve to complain that I "attack,attack,attack." Give me a break. Do you even realize how utterly ridiculous you sound?
Mickey June 18, 2012 at 08:31 PM
@Frank. Maybe if I type real slow it will help you understand what I have said several times already...lol. I did not ever comment on the NYPA tie in itself. As I have said I,like you,am interested in learning more about the issue. The only thing I called BS on was your claim that you sent 3 letters to Mayor Murray. I just don't believe you,sorry.
Frank July 18, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Well August fast approaches.... does anyone know whether the NYPA tie-in can offset the $129/yr increase?
Anthony Bottan (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I'll try and find that out for you Frank.
Frank July 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Thanks. the whole NYPA thing is like a cloak and dagger mystery...
Frank July 30, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Any luck?

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